Local Library Wins Award for Reading Program

first_imgA library in Spryfield was recently recognized for its role in helping Nova Scotia’s youth on their journey of life-long learning. The Captain William Spry Public Library, a branch of Halifax Public Libraries, won a TD Summer Reading Club Library Award for 2011. The library was given $5,000 to be invested in the branch. “Congratulations to Captain William Spry Public Library for creating an innovative program that promotes literacy and youth engagement,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “We all have a part to play in ensuring our children have opportunities to grow and succeed. It is gratifying to know that one of our provincial institutions is receiving national recognition for its creative efforts.” The award is given to the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs offered in local public libraries across Canada. The Captain William Spry Public Library’s youth services librarian Ella Leving accepted the award at the Canada Library Association national conference held in Ottawa in June. “Our youth services team is known for its high-energy presentations that employ drama, humour and interactive elements to engage children,” said Ms. Leving. “Delivered in a lively, energetic way, our message resonates with kids. We show that reading and libraries are fun, and we get kids excited about getting involved. “I’m thrilled that our approach to programming has been recognized nationally. The award money will go to good use in our branch.” This year’s national TD Summer Reading Club launched at public libraries in Nova Scotia in June. The program is for preschoolers to 12-year-olds and the theme is Imagine. Each reading club participant receives a colourful poster, stickers and an activity book as a part of their free reading kit. Many libraries also offer reading games, discussions, book-related crafts, author visits and story-telling sessions. The website features silly stories, jokes, a scavenger hunt, and suggestions for books based on theme and age categories. The program runs until the end of August. For more information and to register visit a local library or go online to tdsummerreadingclub.ca. Last year, more than 14,000 children and teens participated in the 2011 TD Summer Reading Club hosted by Nova Scotia’s public libraries. The Summer Reading Club is a joint national initiative between TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada, and is implemented annually through public libraries.last_img read more

NewLeaf Travel suspends ticket sales while licensing rules reviewed

WINNIPEG – Airline startup NewLeaf Travel is temporarily postponing ticket sales pending a Canadian Transportation Agency review of licensing regulations.The Winnipeg-based company says it will refund all credit card transactions for reservations on flights that were scheduled to begin Feb. 12.NewLeaf, which earlier this month announced with much fanfare its plans to launch discount flights, says it plans to resume taking reservations in the spring.The CTA is reviewing whether indirect air service providers, or those who do not operate any aircraft but market and sell air services to the public, should be required to hold agency licences.NewLeaf says the review applies to all companies operating in this manner and is not limited to NewLeaf’s partnership with Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Airlines Ltd., under which it plans to offer cheap flights out of seven airports in five provinces.CEO Jim Young has said NewLeaf does not need a licence because Flair, its operating partner, has one.Young said the reason why the company launched on Jan. 6 was because it was confirmed that NewLeaf was in full compliance with CTA licensing regulations.“The CTA gave us an exemption from holding a licence directly while it reviews its legislation,” he said in a statement Monday.“Now, there is ambiguity in the air as to whether we need to amend the relationship with our air service provider, or whether we need to have a licence ourselves,” he continued.“As with any success that threatens to change the status quo, there are those that will resist that change and take any measures necessary to maintain the existing playing field, even if it is to the detriment of the vast majority and the benefit of the very few.”The Canadian Transportation Agency launched its review in the fall.In an email Monday, it said companies that bulk purchase all seats on planes and then resell them to the public — including NewLeaf — would not be required to seek air licences as long as they met several conditions. Those conditions include: chartering an aircraft’s entire capacity for the purpose of resale to the public; the air carrier holding the appropriate agency licence to operate the air service; and the company not operating the aircraft. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2016 2:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NewLeaf Travel suspends ticket sales while licensing rules reviewed Dean Dacko, Chief Commercial Officer of NewLeaf Travel speaks at a press conference at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, on January 6, 2016. The new low-cost airline is temporarily postponing ticket sales pending a Canadian Transportation Agency review of licensing regulations.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power read more